upcycled leg warmers

Can Upcycled Clothing Help Save the Planet?

This is a guest post by a fellow Asheville-based upcyled clothing refashionista. Her name is Julia McDowell of Perpetual Muse Designs, and here is her story. Saving the World, One Fabric Scrap at a Time. . . I work from home alongside my amazingly supportive…

10 Minute Free DIY Door Draft Stopper Project

This DIY Door Draft Stopper Project Takes About 10 Minutes And Costs Zero $! The weather has been crazy cold this winter, hasn’t it? NOT my idea of fun! But recently I recalled my mother teaching me how to make a fun door draft stopper…

Fashion Kills: The Seamy Underpinnings of the Fast Fashion Industry

Fashion Kills: The Seamy Underpinnings of the Fast Fashion Industry Back in the 1960’s the term “fast fashion” had not yet been coined. Back then it was considered cool, sensible, and smart to take good care of your clothing. If a blouse was wrinkled you…

Ethical Clothing Companies

Mandy’s List of Ethical Clothing Companies

Clothing Companies That Put People and The Planet Before Profit All of these ethical clothing companies focus on creating sustainable fashion, putting the planet and the people first, before profit. While this list of slow fashion brands is by no means comprehensive, it will at…

Colorful Household Items Reviews

5 Colorful Household Items That Will Brighten Your Life: My Top Picks

Can Colorful Household Items Brighten Your Life? Many people find that having a colorful home can be very therapeutic and I am one of them. I used to ignore the importance of color. It seemed frivolous or somehow childish to insist on being surrounded by brightly colored…

Free sewing pattern - DIY Fingerless Gloves

DIY Fingerless Gloves and Arm Warmers: My Scrappy 30 Minute Project

How To Make Scrappy DIY Fingerless Gloves and Arm Warmers In Less Than An Hour! It started getting chilly around here in Western North Carolina (and elsewhere) and I decided it was time to fashion some scrappy DIY fingerless gloves and arm-warmers from some pieces…

Top 5 18 Inch Doll Clothes Pattern Books

My Top Five Recommended 18 Inch Doll Clothes Pattern Books

Why Buy Doll Clothes Pattern Books? Personally, when looking for a new doll clothes pattern I prefer to buy a whole book of patterns at one time. That way I can refer back to it over and over again. I’ll try not to cut out…

comfy arm chairs

I Love Big Comfy Chairs

I don’t know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of big comfy chairs for reading, snoozing, lounging or chatting with my family and friends. Poor Wayne-Face used to dread going out driving with me because if I saw an old armchair on the side…